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Celebrities Sell Soda: Is it Right?

January 14, 2013
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Should celebrities sell sugary sodas to the public? Nutritionists say sodas, such as Pepsi and Coke, have no nutritional value. They add sugar to the diet. They add calories that cause weight gain, and promote obesity and diabetes.

Observers say soda is not food because it is not nourishing.

Many stars accept big checks to push these beverages. Among them is Beyoncé Knowles. She is a member of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program. She said she, “was excited to be a part of this effort that addresses a public health crisis.” A critic says, “She has become part of an effort that promotes a public health crisis.”

A health agency criticized Beyoncé saying her image is one of success and health, but by lending her name to Pepsi Cola she is promoting a product that is sickening Americans.

Other famous soda sellers include LeBron James, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Christina Aguilera and David Beckham.

Advocates are not sure what to do to reduce soda drinking. Taxes and bans on large sugary drinks are being discussed.

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